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Be careful; be not lazy

February 16, 2009

Just began D.A. Carson’s Exegetical Fallacies. Here’s a warning to the lazy expositor:

Make a mistake in the interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s plays, falsely scan a piece of Spenserian verse, and there is unlikely to be an entailment of eternal consequence; but we cannot lightly accept a similar laxity in the interpretation in Scripture. We are dealing with God’s thoughts: we are obligated to take the greatest pains to understand them truly and to explain them clearly.

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  1. February 17, 2009 6:52 pm

    Good post, Bryan.

    I shudder to think of how many times I’ve read into the text what the Holy Spirit never put into it in the first place. God grant me the grace to answer His fidelity in giving us the text with my faithfulness to that text.

  2. February 19, 2009 9:28 am

    Thanks, Dr. Black – I feel the same way, which is why I plan to keep working on my declensions, paradigms, and vocab!

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